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A report was released just 2 weeks before citizens have a chance to vote on the increase... with statistics showing local police and firefighters make comparable wages with several Arkansas communities.
Tim Grimes, of the local fire union said that Hot Springs was the seventh-largest city, but its firefighters ranked 14th in pay, according to Arkansas Municipal League statistics. By comparison, City Manager Myers receives one of the highest salaries for city managers.
Reports state that Myers pledged to remain neutral on the issue, which is odd for a city leader to NOT openly support the fire and police departments. The increase is up for vote, but the City Manager’s job is not up for vote - he was hired by the city directors.
Rather than accepting the wishes of the citizens in this matter, Mr. Newell thinks he knows what is best for everyone.... so he is reviving the issue once again.
City director Peggy Maruthur favors fluoridation being brought to the fall election so that the citizens can make the choice rather than having the city board make the decision. (Mrs. Maruthur, the citizens did vote - in 1989 - and defeated the idea.... what part of no don’t you understand?)
Taxation without representation? County citizens who receive city water, will not be allowed to vote on this issue, and will have to accept what the city voters decide!
Note: "Most cities have fluoridation in there water system for decades now and they notice a mark decrease in tooth decay. If you don't like the water, don't drink it and go to fountain where the water is free from fluoridation." Evan, Internet Connections
Many in the county wish that Wal-Mart were as efficient.... you make a purchase and they don’t need your money for 8 months... then they charge you the wrong amount.... or there is no amount due at all on your sales slip!
To streamline the collection, the Garland County Waste Department is using index cards for the data, and relying on customer notification.
Through a local newspaper report, the Waste Department recommended that customers mark the collection units with a name and street address, although earlier reports stated that the units were County property, and were not to be altered.
Is Bumpers suggesting the admission of guilt? Bumpers never alluded to Clinton’s confession of “I misled the people,” but placed much of the guilt on Kenneth Starr and his investigation.
Although the dictionary defines misledas “to lead into error of thought by intentional deception,” the president never admitted that he lied.
Although the president will rise out of the ashes, many believe that he will emerge with less credibility, a weakened presidency and an uncertain legacy. The editor of Hot Springs’ only print newspaper stated, “One Arkansan has broken his word, betrayed his family and fueled the national debate over morality....”
The passengers were trapped by their seatbelts in the van, which was upside down. Davis pulled the 60 year old driver out, and passengers ages 62 and 4.
Davis, an African American, was considered a hero by local authorities, although when questioned about the dangers he said, “I just did it.” Hail to the hero!
Is Hollywood painting downtown Hot Springs as a sleazy town? (editor’s note: Hot Springs does have a palmreader, 4 topless clubs, a wedding chapel, a tattoo parlor and many, many pawn shops and bars)
The Hot Springs City Manager (equivalent of a mayor in a big city) wrote a rebuttal to the issue in the local print newspaper. He stated that the city would approve these recyclers if they would: 1. Limit their recycling to their current customers. What is wrong with this statement? Actually, it is saying.... “you are making the big bucks, and we the city government want to compete with you - so we will regulate you, so we can make the big bucks!”
The second requirement that the city put on these private businesses was: 2. Provide the city with a list of your current customers. (sound like Nazi Germany?) The manager stated, “If we had a listing and one of our local businesses had a complaint about cardboard recycling, we would be in a position to refer this complaint to the proper recycling firm.” come on now! Do you have a list of all of the gas stations in town..... in case there is a complaint? .....Does every window cleaner give you a list of his customers..... every carpet cleaner.... every pressure washing business? Oh Please! What is the purpose of the Better Business Bureau anyway?
The city manager goes on to state, “.... most private recycling companies do not have an interest in serving small businesses.” His answer - invite the government (city of Hot Springs) to save the day!!!!!!!!
The great thing about having government involved is that if the recycling loses money, the city can just raise your taxes to pay for the shortage. For those of you who were born yesterday, feel free to call the city manager Kent Myers, and thank him.....321-6810.
Local authorities blame the weather for the delay. The report in the paper stated “The grand opening is a four-day celebration designed mainly to thank Hot Springs for footing the bill to build the center and to show off its ability to serve as a multi-function facility.” Sounds like everything will be free..... thank the citizens for footing the bill for the civic center. Read on. “The main concert and the black tie event will carry charges.”
So much for the free lunch. So much for giving thanks.
The Gala celebration was held at the Arlington Hotel, an historic building that once housed the likes of Al Capone.
The film stars a New York actor - Wes Bentley, but the most familiar star in town was country singer Randy Travis. Travis played the sheriff, and many of the local citizens were “extras” in the film. Local Toastmaster and candidate for county judge Kevin Byrd played the role of deputy. Partygoers included Dick Kelley, President Clinton’s stepfather, and Lt. Governor Winthrop Rockefeller.
“I think it is a vote that people don’t want cities to go into private business,” stated an owner of a local health spa. If that is true, then voters would not be happy knowing that city government is competing with the mule line with its tourist trolleys, is competing with local parking lot owners with Hill Wheatley Plaza, and is competing with local souvenir shops with its ownership and operation of gift shops at the Mid-America Museum and the Mountain Tower.
And if we think the word is final, then why does Hot Springs now have a Greenway Project, even though it was defeated by voters several years ago in an election?
During his trip to communist China, President Clinton stated that human rights “are the birthrights of people everywhere” and that “freedom is a powerful engine of progress.” Although President Clinton received his moral training during his formative years in Hot Springs, (he lived here from age 7 until his graduation from Hot Springs High School) the Arkansas legislature does not agree with his human rights stand.
The president forgot about someone...... the unborn. What about their ‘birthright of freedom’? Is an unborn child considered part of “people everywhere”? President Clinton supports partial birth abortions - the Arkansas legislature does not.
While speaking about democracy, the president went on to say that the United States does not seek to impose its vision on others. What about our civil war? Did the north seek to impose its vision about slavery onto the south? And was that wrong? And then there is President Reagan who said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall!” Imposing our vision on others eventually brought the wall down.
The city of Hot Springs decided to go into the same business, and they put enough pressure on Mr. Robinson to make him shut his operation down. (give us a list of all of your customers...pay the customers for the cardboard... etc.)
But the customers were happy just to have the cardboard picked up for free. One business was saving $420 per week by having Mr. Robinson pick up its cardboard!
Sanitation Director Doyle Smith demanded that Robinson pay fair market value for the waste because it is a commodity. (okay, is it waste, or is it a commodity?) If the cardboard is “waste”, then the city and county sanitation departments can regulate it. If it is a commodity, then the city has no authority over prices charged by local private businesses.
The city claims it is their property once a store owner throws it away. What about the day-old bread that the grocer gives to the local “street mission?” What about the extra pizza that the local pizzeria gives to the farmer to feed his hogs with? Is this waste, or commodity? Is the City of Hot Springs claiming and regulating these “throw aways?”
Hot Springs voters are to vote on this “tourist attraction” allowing for millions of dollars in bonds to pay for it.
Dewey also claims that according to the park service, there is only 10,000 to 300,000 gallons available per day, and he uses 200,000 to 300,000 in his business. If the city’s pool is 20 times larger than Dewey’s, (as he claims) - where will the extra natural spring water come from?
And why does city government feel the need to compete with local businesses by going into the tourist business? Shouldn’t city government be concerned about governing? Since the city’s brochures claim that it will add water to cool the thermal waters - is this an admission of guilt in mixing chlorinated water in and calling it natural spring water?
Michael Branch, manager of Buckstaff Baths, also opposes the plan. He does not want to compete with the government, - “This seems to be private enterprise vs. public enterprise,” Branch stated. (hey Michael, don’t worry about it - they will cut their prices well below you since they can be subsidized by the local taxpayers!)
**** NOTE **** The voter said NO !! -- It will not be built ****
Pyle’s attorney claims that the commission would not accept her attempt to file an FMLA emergency leave form. The city of Hot Springs has an FMLA plan in place, but the commission operates as a separate entity, carrying its own administrative procedures and guidelines. (I smell a dead rat here)
Pyle was notified that she resigned when she took the emergency day, and the Employment Security Division has already determined that she did not resign, but that she was fired without cause.
The city bought the building and 30 acres in 1991 for $425,000. That would mean that half of the acreage is worth $212,500. They sold the building and half of the acreage for $2,100,030. Do you know anyone else who owns property that increased in value almost10 fold in just 7 years?
Reports stated that airport staff and a Hi-Tech executive seemed happy about the deal after it was approved. The reports did not state that the city did not allow an open amount bid, but set a minimum of $2,100,000. Hi-Tech offered $30.00 more than the minimum.
The damage was so extensive that the Garland County Judge issued a countywide disaster emergency proclamation. The American Red Cross found 66 homes with minor damage to roofs, carports and eaves.
The tornado seemed to develop on the largest open land surface in the Hot Springs area - the local airport. Then it headed east to Central Avenue. This is not the first time a tornado has struck the Central Avenue area; another one hit that location around the fall of 1981.
Weather, an act of God? Service Liquor & Wines received the greatest damage, and it looked as though a huge giant stomped its foot on their roof. More than one citizen credited God for protecting them in the terror. "It is a blessing and a miracle that the trees fell around the house," said Lora Matula, whose home lost a few shingles. "I feel that God must have been looking after me," another citizen said.
Al Williams, who lives directly behind Wal-Mart, said he was awakened by his dogs barking and went outside to check, when "I suddenly felt like my head was going to burst out," he said, apparently from the low pressure. "It was the good Lord who saved me," he claimed. "That's what did it." Williams was able to seek cover behind a stack of hay bales piled next to one section of his fence. The miracle - nearly the entire length of the fence was blown away , except for the section Williams hid behind. "Only God answering my prayers kept me alive." Williams said the hay had been previously used by a church - “It was spiritual hay."
Amazingly enough, when the story came out about the youth in Oregon who murdered his parents and shot 22 classmates at school, guess who tackled the teen and stopped the shooting? A fellow classmate who just happened to be a Boy Scout! (guess he was just doing his duty to God and his country)
A recommendation for follow-up headlines should be “Scout Bites the Dust to Save Lives, Newspaper Eats Words.”
But nice flowers won’t solve the problem that this monstrous county boondoggle is facing. The office has been deluged with questions from people wanting to know about their first garbage bill under the new system.
Some people didn't get a bill. Some got two and some got bills even though they'd already paid. Some didn't have tipping fees included and some had extra tipping. These mistakes could ultimately cost the taxpayers up to $20,000.
Hardy Instruments President David Ness isn't convinced that the problems are his company's fault. (then why did you send flowers, Ness?) Besides not willing to accept blame on the problems, Ness said county residents should be proud of the new system. (hey, I’m proud of inefficiency, aren’t you?)
Fitraco of Belgium purchased the park, and expect to see 500,000 to 600,000 visitors to the park when it opens. The company will not operate the facility, but will hire an operator, since Fitraco is a financing company - not an operator.
The Belgium based company does most of its business in the United States, and has half of its assets here.
The amusement park has been plagued in legal messes in the past, with as many as 100 mortgage holders staking partial claim on the facility. Although Hot Springs has not suffered greatly from the closing, it will see more jobs realized when the park opens again.
The group lost their first battle in Garland County Circuit Court, and then lost again with the Arkansas Supreme Court. This latest loss was an appeal before the Arkansas Supreme Court.
The property owners claim that the new trash system discriminates between people in Hot Springs Village (Garland County citizens who are not forced to use this system) and the rest of the county residents who are forced to use the system.
The Supreme Court staff claim that the court’s rules are published and should be understood by appellate lawyers. The comments coming from the county included, “The Supremes have sung and the dance is over.” If the county judge does not win the election this fall, the dance may begin again.
The governor has proved his support of the AEA when he signed legislation last year that allows teachers to retire with full benefits after 28 years instead of 30. He also showed his support by enrolling his 2 children in the Little Rock School system, which is better than what President Clinton did. (he enrolled his daughter in a private school when he moved to Washington)
A recent newspaper article stated that the governor strongly supports public education, and teachers will have his ear.
In spite of evidence of his support, the AEA has taken the position of “enemy” to the governor.
Even though prosecutors had new questions, she refused to answer any of these questions. Is she pleading the 5th amendment? (I will not answer on grounds it may tend to incriminate me) Previously she was asked about the President, and she failed to answer questions about him, not herself.
This new round of questions is about Hillary Rodham, Webb Hubbell and his father-in-law. (doesn’t sound like personal incrimination)
Is Arkansas a "good ole boy" state? Newspapers reported, “Members of her family predicted.... that, if she went to trial on a charge of criminal contempt, no Arkansas jury would convict her."
Shameka Christon, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Sophomore of the Year, stands at 6’2” and averaged 18 points per game this year. Last year the Hot Springs Trojans also won the championship, and as a freshman, Shameka averaged 25 points per game.
A 6 foot post for the Hot Springs team, Joy Oakley was awarded the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Player of the Year. She will take her talent to the University of Arkansas Lady Razorbacks next year.
Pennsylvania is not the south, and “red neck attitude” is not a factor in this latest tragedy.
Our story claimed that a lack of character is the plague on our nation, not the attitudes of southern culture, nor the accessibility of guns. In a small town in Georgia it is against the law to NOT have a gun in your home. Crime is not rampant in that town.
“Thou Shalt not Kill” was taken off of the public school walls 30 years ago. Perhaps we need another dose of ancient Hebrew wisdom.
When the story first broke, the national media blasted Arkansas, since guns are supposedly so “easily accessible” in the state. Do guns kill people, or do people kill people?
The motive for the slayings seemed to be a distraught teenager who had just “broken up” with his girlfriend. Had this have been a racial killing, the media would have jumped all over the “intent of the heart” of the killer. Take the Oklahoma City bombing. Did the media investigate the availability of fertilizer, or did they jump all over the “motive” for McVeigh’s act? (government hater, etc.) Perhaps the national media could have investigated whether “dating and romance” are appropriate for 13 year old children. Could it be that a 13 year old does not have the emotional maturity to handle the ups and downs of romance? Should dating behaviors and patterns be saved for more mature young people who can handle the hurts without resulting to murder?
Further reports stated that the 11 year old involved in the murders was considered a “demon” by his neighbors. The most recent report of the character of the 13 year old was that he was “trouble.”
Isn’t the issue really an issue of “character?” The guns did not kill the people, the person pulling the trigger did it. And the character behind the murderers has been in question by citizens of Jonesboro. Good character - trustworthy, loyal, kind, reverent - is what separates murderers from law abiding citizens.
There seems to be a groundswell of people who want all of the current quorum court out of office. Nine people who are running for Justice of the Peace, a candidate for county judge, and two candidates for Garland County Tax Assessor were in the near-filled auditorium giving their views to citizens who are mad.... angry!
“Current politicians are not listening to the people” was the consensus of the people who are upset with the trash system, and most feel it was a railroad job. Citizens do not feel their opinions were asked, and they were not able to give input on this major decision affecting residents of unincorporated Garland County.
The many folks running for office for the first time, demonstrated the scenario that they want a government of, by and for the people.
Local school officials claim the students are not completely to blame. “The whole thing was a boondoggle,” one principal stated. “Students are not being tested on what they are taught."
The test is a product of a statewide panel of math teachers, Arkansas Department of Education officials, and two out-of-state testing companies. (sounds like a pretty incompetent group) The administrator of President Clinton’s alma mater did state, “If the test is too hard, we have to ask ourselves, What are our standards?”
Although Kenny was the founder and master of ceremonies during the first 3 years, the M.C. duties are shared on a rotation basis now. Bud Kenny, Paul Tucker, and Howard Lee Kilby are the present coordinators of the event which is held in the Poet’s Loft, in downtown Hot Springs.
Printed articles about this local event have appeared in local newsprint, and in publications throughout the U.S. including People Magazine.
“The thing I like the best about the year is that there is a positive attitude in the city,” claimed Mayor Helen Selig. (hey, a smile on everyone’s face - that will make the crime go away)
Selig went on to state these reasons for optimism:
1. The city had the lowest unemployment rate in years. (is that why the robberies are at an all-time high? ... because everyone has a great job?)
2. The city is going to complete over 80 million dollars in public projects. (public projects mean public money .... more taxes....that’s optimistic?)
3. Regaining tourism in Arkansas is going to be hard. (sounds positive to me!)
City Director Peggy Maruthur believes that more emphasis should be paid to neighborhoods. (what a novel idea, a government for the people!) Maruthur stated, “Right now our resources and energies are going into the civic center.”
Someone once said, “The first core function of any government is to protect its citizens, individually and collectively from harm by others.” (You mean reducing crime is more important than the unemployment rate or the civic center? )
“President Clinton was elected to run our country,” one of the good ole boys wrote back. “The economy has never been better and we’re not in a war. He’s so proud of Arkansas and never forgets where he came from.” (are those great reasons to not question his character or what?)
In the same edition of the newspaper, a 19 year old wrote, “Since the beginning of our nation in 1776, and the signing of our constitution in 1787, the people of our nation have done their best to elect men of outstanding morals and integrity. William Jefferson Clinton exhibits neither of these attributes.”
The writer went on to say, “If Mr. Clinton could so easily be persuaded to be unfaithful to his wife, how facile would it be to persuade this man to be unfaithful to the nation which he has sworn to uphold and protect?”
In a local unofficial interview, two-thirds of those surveyed claimed they did not believe the president’s denials. “We knew his personality flaws before we elected him, so it’s kind of silly for us to complain about it now” stated Sonja Crawford in a local interview.
Impeachment? In a local poll, 83% of Democrats questioned claimed they would vote for him today, even though most think he is lying. Barry Kirksey stated, “It makes no difference. He’s running the country, he’s doing a good job. It’s the same song - different verse.” In Little Rock, Gene Rainwater stated, “This will be the only time Arkansas has a president. I think it’s a terrible thing what they’re doing to him.”
Arkansas has taken a slow turn in a different direction since Mike Huckabee became governor. Governor Huckabee’s emphasis on “good character” was realized when he wrote a book called “Character is the Issue.”
So what part of “NO” doesn’t the board understand? Apparently a government of the people, by the people and for the people does not apply in Hot Springs. The local newsprint stated that “if the board passes the resolution,... no vote would be scheduled.” Flouridation, which many people call “forced medication on the general public,” is not done in large Arkansas cities like Texarkana, Magnolia and Fort Smith.
Grapette has more than local appeal. The company has customers in China, Brazil, Venezuela, Singapore, and Trinidad. (to name just a few)
In other news, the local print newspaper has been deluged with complaints about the new trash system. Some writers have even suggested that the new system be voted on rather than shoved down the citizens’ throats, and some of the writers claim they will fix the problem when the election comes up this fall.... suggesting a government by the people, of the people and for the people.
The local print newspaper here in Bill Clinton’s hometown reported that the number one newsmaker for 1997 was the construction of an addition on the Hot Springs Civic and Convention auditorium. Much of that news concerned the turmoil that has plagued the leadership.....
......purchasing the CSO building for an over-inflated price, firing their advertising agency twice in one year, accepting construction bids over what the budget allowed, and allowing aesthetics to take a backseat in order to fix budget problems.
But truly the top story for 1997 in Hot Springs has been the crime issue. Sure, a Civic Center would be nice, but having safe streets to live on is a major concern for all Americans, especially in light of what is happening in Hot Springs. During the last 3 months of 1997, there were 12 incidents of armed robberies at local restaurants, almost one per week!
In 1997 Hot Springs experienced 14 murders....... compared to 6 murders in all of 1996. And with crime at an all-time high, the Hot Springs Chief of Police retired at the end of 1997.
Come on Mr. President, if you want to fight crime and put more officers on the streets, why don’t you help your hometown?
In most hospitality establishments, employees who fight on the premises are fired immediately. In asking the why question, why was Rev. Gordon not fired from his job? Could it be that his position as City Director is of special interest to his employer, the Majestic Hotel?
The truth of the story is that the school district has specific policies to prevent this sort of thing from happening. The district's Internet policy states precautions have been taken to restrict access to "illegal, defamatory, inaccurate or potentially offensive" material. The parents of the students are required to sign a form giving permission for their child to access the internet. This parent did not sign the form, therefore the student was breaking school rules, and was written up for it in this incident.
When students break the rules, it’s pretty hard to blame the establishment when problems arise!
Nine citizens spoke to the issue before the vote, one who is a dancer at one of the topless clubs. The dancer, Barbie, said she believed in the regulations, but called the establishments "Topless Bars." Although the clubs do not have a license to serve liquor, this reporter thought it interesting that the employee calls them bars.
As the meeting progressed towards a vote, Justice John E. Cook asked that the ordinance be tabled until a future meeting. Although the county attorney believed this ordinance would withstand a court battle, Justice Cook was afraid of a lawsuit. Showing an apparent lack of confidence in the county's attorney, Cook claimed that he would abstain from the vote.
Endorsement letters were read from Congressman Jay Dickey and Governor Mike Huckabee. In spite of this support, Justice Ray Owen questioned whether this was opening the door to zoning, and also stated that this ordinance came on too quickly.
The vote was passed by 11 of the 13 JP's. Justice Alphonso Logan voted against the wishes of Governor Huckabee and Congressman Dickey, by voting no. He gave no explanation for his vote. Justice John E. Cook also prevented a unanimous vote by abstaining.
The Civic & Convention Center Project Advisory Committee grudgingly agreed to let Hot Springs Mayor Helen Selig court high-dollar donors for the project. However, the high dollar donor (to the tune of 2 million dollars) may have the convention auditorium named after it.
Some leaders do not agree with this approach. They feel it would be a slap in the face of the taxpayers who payed for the auditorium with their tax dollars. "I don't think it's right to take away from the taxpayers of Garland County," Bob Messersmith said.
The center will be completed and fully functional without outside donations. The additional funds sought by Mayor Helen Selig would pay for enhancements. For example, landscaping, the plaza at the west end of the convention center, flag poles, sculptures, art work and fountains remain on a list of unfunded items.
City Director Bob Wheeler and his predecessor on the Hot Springs Board of Directors, Bob Messersmith, adamantly oppose naming the center for a donor, saying it should instead recognize the taxpayers who are footing the bill for its construction.
In a letter to Oxford outlining its findings, the ethics commission said Gordon potentially violated a subsection of the Arkansas Code dealing with nepotism, ethics or conflicts of interest. That subsection states, in part, that no public official "shall use his position to secure special privileges ... for those with whom he has a substantial financial relationship." The board of directors had ratified the appointment of Gordon's employer, with Oxford and City Director Burt Newell voting against. Based on past elections, one can see that in Arkansas, - breaking the law or being unethical has nothing to do with politics.
Mickey Gates, the committe chairman, submitted a document to the committe members titled "An Ordinance Regulating Sexually Oriented Businesses..." County Attorney Ralph Ohm stated that restrictions could be placed on time, place and location. All of the committee members gave their consensus that the maximum allowable spaces between businesses should be stated. Justice David Grim recommended that businesses be restricted to be 2,000 ft. from establishments like churches, schools, parks, and residences.
The real turn at the meeting came when 4 dancers from some of the topless clubs came and defended their trade. Although three of the dancers stated that they agreed with the regulations, the media drooled over the girls, and slanted the stories. The girls basically denied any drug dealing, any prostitution, any "negative" activities. After they spoke, the 3 television stations from Little Rock asked the girls to step outside for an interview. When they left, one Justice of the Peace stated that he had worked in 2 clubs in Hot Springs as a disc jockey. He told the committee that the girls were wrong, and that many of those "negative things" did happen, as witnessed by him. While the biggest part of the story was unfolding, channel 4, 7 and 11 were outside interviewing dancers!
At the end of the meeting, the reporter from the local print newspaper spent almost 30 minutes interviewing the dancers. And although the main story should have been about what the citizens of the county are trying to do, the newspaper did mention that the dancers agreed with the restrictions. No mention was made of the confirmation of a Justice of the Peace of the "negative" things that go on in the clubs. (one of the dancers called the clubs bars even though they do not have alcohol permits. Why would a 3-year employee in this business call them "bars" if alcohol is not sold?)
Although the television and print media did not report the meat of the news, the Internet Newspaper is here to bring forth substance. In summary: 1. Citizens overwhelmingly supported restrictions for topless clubs in the county. 2. Empoyees of these clubs support the stated restrictions. 3. Although the dancers stated nothing "negative" was happening on or near the premises, a Justice of the Peace contradicted the dancers. 4. One of the dancers called the clubs "bars."
The Sentinel-Record newspaper reported that "Eighteen Garland County residents addressed a special public meeting about topless clubs Monday, saying the clubs are nests of drug-dealing, violence and prostitution and a blight on the city." The truth is, not all of those 18 people addressing the meeting were Garland County residents, and many of those who spoke did not give specifics of drug dealing, prostitution, etc. Several of those who spoke noted that the presence of these topless clubs posed a safety concern for all residents, and one speaker spoke of the welfare of citizens by giving statistics of crimes that were committed in and near the clubs.
A counselor from neighboring Saline County told the story of 2 ex-dancers who are in her care in Saline County. Both of the ex-dancers feared for their lives, and were not willing to come to the meeting. But these girls asked the counselor to tell the committee that heavy drug-dealing is going on in the clubs.
The Sentinel-Record newspaper also reported that a police captain present at the meeting felt that the criticisms of the citizens were "overstated." "We check the clubs quite frequently," he added. He also stated that most of them didn't cause much trouble. What the Sentinel-Record did not report, is that 3 of the 6 topless clubs in Hot Springs are owned by one person - a retired Hot Springs Police officer!
Why? Former Gov. Tucker's chief of staff allegedly received hundreds of thousands of dollars in state contracts soon after Tucker left office in disgrace. That chief of staff's wife is reported to have returned most of the $375,000 she received from the state during a 2 month period - money that she did not earn. Another former legislative employee was paid $250,000 in the same sham program during a 2 month period. Weekly reports in Arkansas newspapers have been revealing these corruptions, including "double dipping" by state legislators. Another former Arkansas governor's wife wrote a book titled "It Takes a Village" - perhaps someone should write "It Takes a Republican."
The other inductee to the Arkansas Walk of Fame was Robert "Neil" Mitchell, general manager of the Washington Redskins. Mitchell, who was born in Hot Springs Nov. 6, 1934, attended his induction and signed autographs. He was an all-American halfback and played 11 years of professional football for the Cleveland Browns and the Washington Redskins.
Bumpers, who has been a Senator since 1974, voted against tax cuts, voted against defense spending, and voted against a ban on burning the American flag. (do you inhale, though?) He also voted against prayer in school, and believes that taxpayers should pay for political campaign costs.
Gordon has the opportunity to demonstrate the character quality of deference by abstaining. Deference is defined as "Limiting my freedom in order not to offend the tastes of those whom I have been asked to serve." This paper believes that Gordon has been asked to serve the citizens of Hot Springs in this setting. Mr. Huckabee, is character really the issue in Hot Springs?
Arkansas taxpayers will no longer give a drug distributor a free lunch, but will fork over meals for drug users!
CSO has offered to sell for $180,000; buy four city-owned lots behind the Arkansas School for Mathematics and Sciences for $10,000; and rent an unused wing of the school for 24 months at $1,050 a month and utility costs. The city will also prepare the ground of the new CSO site for $3,000.
The offer is 38 percent more than the appraised value. The city, which owns adjacent lots on Church Street, would build parking spaces for the Hot Springs Civic & Convention Center.
"It is a gross misuse of the public funds," said City Director Burt Newell, about the price. He said the city shouldn't offer more than the appraised value. He added that CSO has taken "full advantage" of past promises from city directors not to condemn property for the civic center. Newell said he also opposed the Webb Center purchase because it exceeded the appraised value. The city paid for eight tracts above the appraised value. The most costly was bought from the Webb Center for $40,000, some $12,000 more than the appraisal.
Newell withdrew his proposal to consider condemning CSO after Mayor Helen Selig said the ordinance would pass. After notifying the local media, Selig contacted city directors last week to encourage them to approve the sale. (a little local political strong-arming?)
Newell stated, "It became apparent that I was wasting my breath because it seems like the votes are there." (don't worry about it Burt, it's just the taxpayers' money!)
Perhaps some of the explanation lies in the fact that Eric Jackson, general manager for the local gambling establishment, nominated Scott - who is also a gambling supporter. More corruption could be in the deal. Reports state that Scott previously lived in Little Rock and only worked in Hot Springs and listed one of his hotels as his residence. The state law that established ad commissions requires commissioners to "reside within the levying city." The levy refers to the advertising and promotion taxes that commissions administer. That would be Hot Springs.
Scott's confirmation will need to come from the Hot Springs City Directors - and one of the directors is also an employee of Scott. How convenient.
The event will include a "class reunion" for former alumni (including an invitation to Mr. President) and others interested in the project. A fund-raising event with live bands also is planned in the Teen Center Gymnasium. (right next to the booze tent)
The group, led by local architect David French, is proposing to convert the old school into a center for the performing and visual arts and a Clinton museum with artifacts of Clinton's days in Hot Springs and the White House.
Members of the Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission advised against allowing the sale of alcohol on parks grounds and only one City Director voted against the proposal because alcohol would be sold.
"We felt it would send the wrong message by allowing alcohol within the premises of the youth center," stated commission member Glenn Gallas on Wednesday. (hey Glen, this might mess up the president's reputation)
Despite opposing that point, the commission recommended approving the fund-raiser and waiving the normal fees for the use of the facilities.
Local residents who oppose the county's plan don't want the govt. forcing upon them who will pick up the trash, and forcing upon them the fees that will be charged. Neighboring counties have transfer stations where trash and recycling can be deposited. The house-to-house program prevents all recycling.
Many school administrators feel the shorter weeks will save on utilities, as well as cafeteria, janitorial and transportation costs. And although students will attend the same amount of school, (each of the 4 days will be longer) the savings can be put into better facilities, and better education for the students! However, the state board of education believes the changes are a recipe for trouble.